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Manure-burning power plant in limbo

Manure-burning power plant in limbo 

The project seemed simple enough — build a waste-to-energy plant on the Eastern Shore fueled by poultry manure, keeping it from flushing into and polluting the bay, while creating green jobs and boosting Maryland's fledgling renewable energy...

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Coalition brings solar energy co-ops to Baltimore area

Coalition brings solar energy co-ops to Baltimore area

Amanda Kilian finds the idea of installing solar panels on the roof of her house intriguing. She likes the notion of saving money on her electricity bill. She appreciates using a renewable energy source like the sun. But, she wants to find out more.

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Calvert Cliffs unit powers down

Calvert Cliffs unit powers down

Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Lusby powered down one of its two generating units Thursday night after a leak was discovered in the coolant system keeping the pressurized water reactor from overheating, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said...

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State gives gas export facility go-ahead

State gives gas export facility go-ahead 

Maryland's top elected officials gave a key approval Wednesday to developing a natural gas export facility in Southern Maryland that some fear could threaten residents' safety and the environment.

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In Patapsco Valley, two groups say they want what's best for state park

In Patapsco Valley, two groups say they want what's best for state park

The Patapsco Valley is an area rich in history and natural resources: that fact, the two groups can agree upon.

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BGE gas pipeline under construction in Harford

BGE gas pipeline under construction in Harford

Along Route 136 this summer, just north of Churchville, there has been a lot of digging, some trees felled and open areas torn up by excavation equipment.

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Bull shark spotted at Sandy Point

Bull shark spotted at Sandy Point

A sighting of a bull shark off Sandy Point State Park Monday prompted a brief closure of one of the swimming areas, but the park's manager said the popular Chesapeake Bay beach returned to "business as usual" on Tuesday after seeing no more of the wide-ranging predator.

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State funds lead abatement, weatherization help

State funds lead abatement, weatherization help

The state has contracted with a Baltimore-based nonprofit to help low-income families in the suburbs improve the safety and energy efficiency of their homes. Green and Healthy Homes Initiative received a $3.3 million contract from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to abate lead paint and other health hazards in the homes of eligible county residents, while also helping lower energy bills by weatherizing their dwellings.

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Angling for the benefits of oyster restoration

Angling for the benefits of oyster restoration

"Fish on!" called P.J. Klavon, as he reached for a trap hauled from the placid waters of the Tred Avon River. Inside the black metal cage wriggled a single white perch, a safe distance from a blue crab.

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Porous pavement gets another tryout in Maryland

Porous pavement gets another tryout in Maryland 

The concrete oozed rather than poured out of the mixer truck, almost as if reluctant to cover the ground — partly because it won't, entirely.

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Supermarkets boost sustainable seafood offerings

Supermarkets boost sustainable seafood offerings 

The specialized market for sustainable seafood has gone mainstream. Even Wal-Mart is promoting its environmental credentials in the seafood aisle.

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Obama administration approves seismic testing for oil and gas off Atlantic coast

Obama administration approves seismic testing for oil and gas off Atlantic coast

The Obama administration took a step closer Friday to allowing oil and gas exploration off the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic coasts, drawing praise from the energy industry and criticism from environmentalists.

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Environmental group questions farm pollution reductions

Environmental group questions farm pollution reductions

Federal environmental officials may be overestimating farm pollution reductions in the Chesapeake Bay, contends a Washington environmental group, which also finds that phosphorus and algae concentrations in rivers on Maryland's Eastern Shore have shown no real improvement over the last decade

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Councilman wants 90% tax break for urban farmers

Councilman wants 90% tax break for urban farmers

City Councilman William "Pete" Welch is calling for a large tax break for urban farmers in Baltimore.

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Cove Point protesters arrested in D.C.

Cove Point protesters arrested in D.C. 

Two dozen protesters were arrested in Washington Monday after they blocked entrances to the federal commission reviewing a proposed natural gas export terminal and liquefaction plant in Southern Maryland.

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Bee conscious of what you plant

Bee conscious of what you plant

As Nathan Reid wandered around his Canton neighborhood, he saw threats everywhere.

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Study raises safety concerns about Cove Point gas facility

Study raises safety concerns about Cove Point gas facility

A proposed liquefied natural gas facility in Calvert County could put nearby residents at "significant risk" if a fire or explosion occurs, according to a British consulting firm hired by opponents of the project to review its hazards.

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Maryland's storm-water pollution efforts faulted

Maryland's storm-water pollution efforts faulted

Environmental groups have gone to court in an attempt to force state regulators to strengthen orders given to Baltimore City and three of Maryland's largest counties to curtail their storm-water pollution.

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Study aims to shield marine mammals from offshore wind projects

Study aims to shield marine mammals from offshore wind projects

State and federal officials announced Thursday a $2.2 million research effort aimed at preventing harm to whales and other marine mammals from building massive industrial wind turbines off Ocean City.

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Maryland's U.S. senators press for water funding

Maryland's U.S. senators press for water funding

Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski toured Baltimore's 99-year-old Montebello water treatment plant Monday to draw attention to the needs of municipalities nationwide for federal help to upgrade their aging infrastructure.

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Historic London Town and Gardens keeps on growing and going

Historic London Town and Gardens keeps on growing and going

Rod Cofield has the building. Now he needs the tools.

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Md. offshore wind auction set

Md. offshore wind auction set

Continuing the Obama administration's effort to launch a U.S. offshore wind energy industry, federal officials announced Wednesday that they will auction off the rights next month to build huge turbines off Maryland's coast.

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Rodgers Forge residents rally for trees

Rodgers Forge residents rally for trees

Angry Rodgers Forge residents are rallying around nine 100- to 250-year-old trees that could be cut down during expansion of Dumbarton Middle School. Neighbors gathered with signs in support of the trees June 27 despite assurances the day before that the trees will be spared.

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Ikea expands rooftop solar panel system atop Perryville distribution center

Ikea expands rooftop solar panel system atop Perryville distribution center

Ikea has expanded the solar energy system at its Perryville distribution center, making it by far the largest rooftop array in the state.

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Urban-gardening safety tips

Urban-gardening safety tips

Each spring, potted herbs and vegetables dot the fire escape of Steve Kelly's home in Mount Vernon.

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Pre-release inmates join state effort to repopulate oysters at Glebe Bay

Pre-release inmates join state effort to repopulate oysters at Glebe Bay

Clifton Wilson, an inmate at the state's Eastern Pre-Release Unit, spent last week in the great outdoors, relocating oysters from cages on private piers near Thomas Point on the Chesapeake Bay to a sanctuary in nearby Glebe Bay.

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Carroll settles pollution case with EPA

Carroll settles pollution case with EPA

Carroll County has agreed to pay a $40,000 penalty after a federally led inspection found the county had failed to properly protect its streams and waterways from polluted stormwater runoff.

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EPA finds progress, shortfalls in Bay cleanup effort

EPA finds progress, shortfalls in Bay cleanup effort

While Maryland and most other Chesapeake Bay states are making decent progress in reducing pollution fouling the estuary, Pennsylvania is "substantially off track" and will receive additional federal help and backup action if necessary, the Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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